Catabolicvs. Anabolic Leaders – Part 6
Emotionsdon’t belong in the workplace – or do they? Depends on who you ask! If you askcatabolic leaders, they’re likely to agree. But anabolic leaders have adifferent point of view – they understand that emotions can’t be left at theoffice door. Our comparison between anabolic and catabolic leaders continueswith an exploration of how aware they are of their own and others’ emotions,how they express their emotions, and how they manage or control them in thework environment.
Awareness,expression, and management of emotion are the three main aspects of emotionalintelligence. In the Energy Leadership Development System™, emotionalintelligence is defined as the ability to distinguish, understand, and have anawareness of how thoughts and feelings connect with outward displays andbehaviors, as well as the ability to manage and express appropriate emotionsand help others do the same.
Let’s lookat each of the components of EI and see how they are different in catabolic andanabolic leaders.
Catabolic - Notonly are these leaders unaware of their own emotions, but they are unaware ofother people’s emotions as well. They’re also unaware of the effect they haveon others.
Anabolic – These leaders are not only aware of their andother’s emotions, but they’re able to step back and recognize that theiremotions are not automatic (emotions arise from interpretations). They alsolook for clues in their emotions, asking questions such as “Why did I have thisresponse, and what can I learn from this?”
Catabolic -Many catabolic leaders have a limiting belief that expressing emotions shouldnot be done in the workplace. They don’t want people to see their emotions,and don’t want to deal with the emotions of others. When they do expressemotions, they often express them inappropriately, for example, by yelling orrolling their eyes.
Anabolic – Anabolic leaders understand that emotions are apart of each of us, and that they can’t be “turned off” at will. They know howto appropriately express their emotions, at the appropriate time. By sharing,acknowledging, and validating, they create an environment in which theirco-workers and staff feel valued and understood.
Catabolic -Catabolic leaders can’t manage their own emotions, and therefore, the peoplearound them don’t look to them in times of crisis for guidance and support. Theytend to be frustrated, angry, and resentful, and this is apparent to everyone.
Anabolic – Anabolic leaders have the ability to managetheir own moods and to help other people shift to more positive moods. Theyalso are able to control their own emotions, even during stressful situations.They respond, instead of react, and their generally calm attitude promotes apositive work environment.
Emotionalintelligence is directly related to interpersonal effectiveness. The higheryour emotional intelligence, the more effective leader and communicator youwill be. For a further discussion of how the two are related, see the report onEI=IE, available at www.iPECcoaching.com/energyleadershipbonuses.In addition, the Energy Leadership Development System contains an entiresection on Emotional Intelligence, and gives useful and easily implementedstrategies for increasing EI.